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Resources by Topic: Prescription drug misuse

I Don't Believe a Person Has to Die When Trying to Get High: Overdose Prevention and Response Strategies in Rural Illinois
Examines overdose prevention and response of service providers and people who inject drugs in rural southern Illinois. Reports on interviews with 23 participants from August 2019 through February 2020 and discusses issues such as the growing presence of fentanyl, overdose prevention, overdose reversal, harm reduction education, and more.
Author(s): Suzan M. Walters, Marisa Felsher, David Frank, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(2), 1648
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
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Trends and Characteristics of Buprenorphine-Involved Overdose Deaths Prior to and During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Details a study evaluating the rates of buprenorphine-involved overdose deaths before the COVID-19 pandemic and during the pandemic when prescribing regulations were loosened. Compares overdose mortality rates involving buprenorphine in 2019 and 2021 and breaks down data by a number of demographic factors, including rural versus urban location.
Author(s): Lauren J. Tanz, Christopher M. Jones, Nicole L. Davis, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 6(1), e2251856
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
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2020 Rural Opioid Overdose Mortality
Highlights the rate of rural opioid overdose mortality in 2020 for several northern New England states and compares it to the national rate. Breaks down rates based on substances used as well.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Vermont Center on Rural Addiction
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The University of Arizona Center for Rural Health Annual Report FY 2022-2023
Highlights the Center for Rural Health's accomplishments, and describes challenges and opportunities for improving the health of rural Arizonans in the upcoming year. Discusses the State Office of Rural Health, Arizona Rural Hospital Flexibility program (AzFLEX), the Arizona Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (AzSHIP), and other programs.
Date: 2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Care Coordination Between Rural Primary Care and Telemedicine to Expand Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Results from a Single-Arm, Multisite Feasibility Study
Examines the feasibility of expanding access to medication treatment for opioid use disorder (MOUD) in rural areas through the use of telemedicine. Analyzes 6 rural primary care sites and their care coordination model. Includes data on patients referred to telemedicine and total number of patient-days on MOUD.
Author(s): Yih-Ing Hser, Larissa J. Mooney, Laura-Mae Baldwin, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 39(4), 780-788
Date: 2023
Type: Document
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Opioid Overdose Surveillance Preliminary District Report: Georgia, 2021
Describes district level fatal and nonfatal opioid-involved overdoses that occurred in Georgia from 2019-2021, including prescription opioids and illicit opioids including heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogs. Features statistics on demographics, overdose deaths, and emergency department visits, with breakdowns by district, drug type, and year.
Date: 12/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Department of Public Health
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Early Changes in Waivered Clinicians and Utilization of Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder After Implementation of the 2021 HHS Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines
Report examines the changes in access to buprenorphine following the implementation of new HHS guidelines as of April 2021. Discusses the revised guidelines and analyzes their effect on access to buprenorphine for patients with opioid use disorder.
Date: 12/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Impact of Mandatory COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Order on Controlled Substance Use Among Rural Versus Urban Communities in the United States
Features a study on the effect the shelter-in-place orders during the COVID-19 pandemic had on uses of controlled substances, such as methamphetamine, opioids, and cocaine, among others. Draws data from calls made to poison control centers from October of 2019 to July of 2020 and compares rates of calls by rural versus urban locations.
Author(s): Daniel Maeng, Yue Li, Michele Lawrence, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 39(1), 21-29
Date: 12/2022
Type: Document
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Changes in Transmucosal Buprenorphine Utilization for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kentucky
Explores changes in prescription rates of transmuscosal buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky. Compares prescribing rates in rural versus urban areas and examines rates on a week by week basis.
Author(s): Feitong Lei, Michelle R. Lofwall, Patricia R. Freeman, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 39(1), 186-196
Date: 12/2022
Type: Document
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2018-2021 Rural Opioid Technical Assistance (ROTA) Grant Overview
Highlights Rural Opioid Technical Assistance grantee projects between 2018 and 2021. Projects address topics such as mental health, opioid use prevention, stigma, youth, social determinants of health, culturally competent programming, trauma informed care training, partnership building, and more.
Date: 11/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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